It is our belief that the arts give understanding and voice to the wide range of human thought and feeling, and add immeasurably to the quality of our lives. We believe that the relationship between contemporary art, the artistic tradition from which it has grown, and the approachability of the craft mediums, provide a doorway to the arts at a variety of educational and emotional levels. Creating a single site that weaves and interprets the development and coexistence of Folk Art, Decorative Art, Contemporary Art and the American Craft Movement has given us an opportunity to offer a panoramic view of American craft, with programs accessible to a diverse audience.
Sensitivity to the need for the preservation of Southern New Jersey's glassmaking heritage was the genesis of the organization. Placing this local resource within a national context is the inspiration from which we have established our role as a museum and craft center. The presentation of American glass history through collections, archives, a library, and exhibits, illustrates the development of American Craft. This has allowed us to broaden the perspective gained by New Jersey residents and offer a resource of American Glass to a national and international audience.
We believe the arts must be an integral part of the education of all citizens, with special emphasis on school age children, as a part of their basic education. Therefore, WheatonArts will actively support state and national education goals, which recommend the arts to be integrated into the core curriculum of New Jersey students.
A commitment to artists is central to our philosophy. By establishing relationships with artists who dedicate themselves to the long term process of mastering a craft medium as well as the artist experimenting with those mediums as a growth experience, WheatonArts acknowledges the responsibility to provide and maintain a supportive and unique environment for artists to learn, create, interact, present and market their work.